Journal article

Debriefing critical incidents in the paediatric emergency department: Current practice and perceived needs in Australia and New Zealand

Theane Theophilos, Joanne Magyar, Franz E Babl

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Anecdotally critical incident debriefing (CID) is an important topic for staff in paediatric ED. The present study aimed to determine current baseline CID practices and perceived needs of ED staff. A questionnaire regarding CID practice was circulated to all 13 Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) sites in Australia and New Zealand (including all tertiary paediatric ED), and completed by 1 senior doctor and 1 senior nurse. All PREDICT sites participated (13 nurses, 13 doctors). Seventy per cent did not currently have a hospital protocol on debriefing and 90% did not have ED-specific guidelines. The most commonly debriefed topics were death of a p..

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